That picture was taken on my 26th birthday, which was last week… and my mother actually had to be in the picture because I officially have more kids than arms.
My oldest son is three, going to be four in December, then Benjamin our middle child is 2. He turned 2 about 3 weeks after Addison joined us. To say I have my hands full is a complete understatement some days, but I have to say we have fallen into a beautiful routine, because (knock on wood) Addison is extremely well behaved, and an awesome baby.
But it brought my husband and I to the decision that we are in fact done having children. Three children, in a little over three years has certainly done a number on us all, especially my body, and I am ready to get my body back. Wouldn’t you be?
But I am mixed with different emotions, especially as Addison grows so quickly. At least quick to me… it feels like she was born yesterday, but it was really two months ago. I am also so young, and I feel like… what happens if we want another in another 10 years? I guess the finality of it just doesn’t sit well with me.
But I don’t think we could handle another any time soon, and this past week has taught that to me. Between keeping up with work. yes work at home mothers actually do have work, deadlines, and are stressed by it all, and finding a pre-school for my oldest, on top of the heat, and seriously thinking the kids are acting this way just to screw with me since it is a holiday weekend… My new motto is
STICK A FORK IN ME! I AM DONE HAVING KIDS!
While I don’t feel like our family is complete… there is no way in hell I will be adding anymore kids in the next decade at the least!
Although one of the things I am most happy about is my age, and when we actually started having kids. Another couple years, and I don’t know if I would have the actual energy to keep up with two toddlers while running on about 6 hours of sleep every night since Addison is getting up 2-3 times a night to nurse, depending on the night.
What was the realization that made you say you are done having kids?